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ἐπικαταβάντες—both banks of the Assinarus are steep, and the water, as usual in Sicily, does not fill the whole of its bed, which is wide. The Pel. went down the bank into the bed and cut down the A., while the Syr. stood on the opposite bank to prevent the A. from getting across.

εὐθὺς διέφθαρτο—the plup. is occasionally thus used with εὐθὺς to express a result hastily arrived at, esp. in combination with the imperf., e.g. Dem. 19.154 τότ᾽ εὐθὺς ἐγνώκειν καὶ προεωρώμην.

ὁμοῦ τῷ πηλῷ—with ἐπίνετο.

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